Utility Business Models
LBNL's Electricity Markets and Policy Group (EMP) performs quantitative analysis, provides technical assistance, and creates a series of papers on regulated electric utility business models that involves innovative rate design, clean energy technology adoption, grid modernization and value-added services. This all builds on decades of research in five related areas: energy efficiency (EE), renewable energy (RE), customer adoption of technologies, demand response (DR) and smart grid, and retail rate design. EMP provides technical assistance on alternative regulated electric utility business models by quantifying the financial impacts of demand-side and distributed energy resources.
Additionally, the EMP group provides technical assistance on conceptual regulatory paradigm design and implementation issues as well as regulated electric utility business model frameworks used by policymakers, regulators, and utilities to explore the alignment of regulated utility business models and achievement of clean energy public policies. Furthermore, EMP staff are leading a Future Electric Utility Regulation (FEUR) series where industry thought leaders will be authoring concept papers. In this capacity, EMP staff provide periodic briefings, author technical reports and journal articles, maintain informational resources and facilitate thought leaders on these topics. This website is intended to serve as a clearinghouse for LBNL's regulated electric utility business models research and is updated periodically with the latest presentations, analysis, and reports.